More dreaded travel bans as restrictions tighten across Europe

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greece will extend a nighttime curfew on movements and close restaurants and bars in the most populous areas of the country for a month to contain a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, the prime minister said on Saturday.

The country has reported fewer cases of the new coronavirus than most in Europe, but has seen a gradual increase in infections since early October.

Restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, museums and gymnasiums closed will be closed from this Tuesday 3 November for a period of one month in northern Greece and in the region of Attica, which includes the capital Athens.

A curfew on nighttime travel, so far applicable to the hardest-hit areas, would be extended across the country from midnight to 5 a.m.

“These new rules focus on two sources which are verifiably conducive to the spread of the virus: entertainment and the movement of people,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a public speech.

Retail, industry and schools will remain open, with service industries like hotels and hairdressing salons.

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